On the 8th March 2010 Google announced the winners of the Google Street View Best Street Awards. The shortlist was put together by a number of judges including celebrities and travel editors and divided into three categories Best Foodie Street, Best Fashion Street and Most Picturesque Street. I’ve had a look at the nominations for each category and found that some of them including two of the winners don’t even have street views on Google – this seems a bit strange as the title of the awards are “Google STREET VIEW Best Streets Awards”!
I’ve decided to put together my own list of the best streets in Britain (with street views of course) to share with you.......
Britain’s Best Foodie Street
Whiteladies Road in Bristol
Every other building on Whiteladies Road is either a restaurant or a cafe, which is perfect for all those foodies out there! On weekends this road is very popular so if you wanted to eat at any of the restaurants, I’d recommend that you book a table just to be on the safe side! I’d also read the following guide because it recommends places all over Bristol including some on Whiteladies Road:
A guide to Bristol’s best pubs and bars – James Holway
Hope Street in Liverpool
This street contains a number of attractions including the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, the Liverpool Philharmonic Dining Rooms and the Everyman Theatre. It is also home to several restaurants including 60 Hope Street which is a modern European restaurant with an imaginative menu and chic decor. This restaurant has been recommended in a few of our guides on Liverpool including:
Liverpool: beyond the Beatles – Julie Eagleton
For more information on Hope Street and the latest news and events check out Ian Jackson's Hope Street Blog
Britain’s Best Fashion Street
This is one of the most popular streets in York. It is full of boutique shops including antiques, jewellers and fashion shops. There are also some lovely tea rooms to visit where you can stop for a break from shopping! To find out more about shopping in York read some of our York travel guides like:
A new kind of York – Jane Anderson
Kings Road, London
Kings Road is better known as The KR, a well known street in Chelsea. This street was inspired by the 60s and has a number of shops selling vintage miniskirts and velvet suits. It also has some high-end shops including French Connection and Jigsaw. This is a great place for shopping, but be prepared to spend hours here! Find out about other things to do on Kings Road in the following guide:
London: the free art gallery guide – Richard Oldale
Britain’s Most Picturesque Street
The Shambles, York
This was the winner of the Most Picturesque Street in Britain and the only one that has a street view on Google! This is a great place to visit if you are ever in York, its home to shops, restaurants and tourist attractions. It is a very narrow medieval street and walking down it makes you feel like you’re stepping back in time but it’s a great walk on a nice summer's day! Find out how to visit York on a budget by reading the following guide on Simonseeks:
York on a budget – Jill Hassall
Grey Street, Newcastle
This street is known for its Georgian architecture and is also a very beautiful street to walk down. It was actually voted “The Best Street in the UK” a few years back by BBC Radio 4 listeners. There are a couple of great guides on Simonseeks about other places to explore in Newcastle like this:
The many sides of Newcastle – Judy Darley
What do you think of the streets I’ve chosen? Do you have any personal favourites that you’d like to add? If so leave your comments below, but remember they need to have a street view!!!!!!